Ochoa’s work as a linguist includes research into heritage language learners of Spanish

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies and Latinx Studies Valeria Ochoa joined the faculty of University of Puget Sound this semester, bringing her expertise as a linguist and her passion for accessible pedagogy to the study of Spanish. We recently spoke with Ochoa about heritage language learners, the Pacific Northwest’s growing Latinx population, and how the study of language offers a path toward better understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds.